One of the most important ways that you can help your aging parent as their family caregiver is to be aware of when they might be suffering from a new health challenge. One way to do this is by understanding the symptoms that can occur as a result of a variety of medical conditions. While there are some health conditions that have distinct and easy to understand symptoms, some other conditions may not be as easy to understand. You may not readily know the symptoms associated with diabetes, but understanding them is an important step in being able to detect when your parents might be suffering this condition, or when they need further attention and care.
Some of the signs and symptoms associated with diabetes include:
- Fatigue or feeling excessively tired frequently
- Feeling excessively thirsty
- Going to the restroom more frequently
- Having a very dry skin
- Losing weight even if they are not making an effort to do so
- Feeling excessively hungry
- Experiencing tingling in their hands or feet
- Experiencing blurry vision
- Experiencing more infections or illnesses than usual
- Taking longer to recover from infections
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms in your aging parents, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss your concerns. These symptoms can indicate diabetes, but they can also be associated with other health conditions as well. It is important that the doctor examines your aging parent thoroughly and gives them a reliable diagnosis so that they can get on the course of care and management that is right for them. This could include medical interventions as well as a care routine with you and a senior care provider that features healthier lifestyle choices.
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging parent during the course of your caregiver journey for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for their individual needs. This means that they will be able to manage their challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them so that they are able to live a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and independent as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that they are in the best hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN RALEIGH, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).